LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - An off-duty Louisville Metro Police Department officer who, along with a second pedestrian, was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver in Lexington early Saturday morning was married with one young child and baby on the way, according to Supporting Heroes, an organization that assists families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
Jason Schweitzer was in Lexington for a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) conference, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said in a post on the department's Facebook page. Schweitzer had served as vice president of the River City FOP Lodge 614 since 2010.
"This is a sad day for LMPD," Conrad said in the post. "We offer our sincerest condolences to Jason's family and friends for when one of us hurts, we all hurt. Please keep Jason's family, friends and coworkers in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
According to the FOP, Schweitzer began his career with the Jefferson County Police Department in November 2001 and worked in the Baker District prior to JCPD's merger with the Louisville Police Department in 2003. At the time of his death, he was a detective in LMPD's 6th Division and a police training officer.
An FOP representative said Schweitzer's relationship with the organization began at age 15 when started working in the kitchen. In 2003, he became an FOP delegate when former Lodges 6 and 14 merged. He was elected Lodge Trustee and served two years in that post. He also served as a trustee to the state lodge for one year.
Schweitzer was co-chairman of the FOP's activities committee and also served on the scholarship and endorsement committees at the time of his death.
The second victim has been identified as 56-year-old Timothy Moore of Lexington, according to WLEX, the NBC affiliate in Lexington.
A Lexington woman, Suzanne M. Whitlow, 26, has been charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of first-degree DUI in connection to the deaths of Schweitzer and the second victim, whose identity has not been released.
Lexington police responded to South Upper Street near Bolivar Street on a report of an injury collision about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Investigators said Whitlow had been driving on Upper Street when she lost control of her vehicle and hit the two pedestrians. Both victims were taken to a Lexington hospital where they died.
Police said Whitlow also hit the nearby University of Kentucky Physical Plant with her car. She suffered minor injuries.
Saturday night the Fraternal Order of Police River City Lodge No. 614 released a statement regarding Schweitzer's death.
"The members of River City FOP Lodge 614 are shocked and devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of our brother Jason Schweitzer. Jason was a dedicated police officer and detective for the past fifteen years and served as the Vice President of RCFOP Lodge 614 for the past seven years. He was very passionate about representing members as an executive board member of the FOP, but nothing was more important to Jason than his family. He leaves behind a wife, who is expecting their second child, a young daughter, and many other family members. We mourn this senseless loss of life and continue to grieve with our brother and sister officers from around the state and the nation. We humbly ask that everyone would keep Jason's family in your thoughts and prayers and respect their wishes for privacy during this very difficult time."